Jonathan Spilsbury after Sir Joshua Reynolds
Lady Mary Leslie
14 x 19.5 inches
A full-length mezzotint portrait by Jonathan Spilsbury after the painting by Sir Joshua Reynolds; published in London in 1766. Proof before letters
A scarce, early impression of this very charming print that depicts the young Lady Mary kneeling, directed to the left and surrounded by lambs. She holds one lamb in her embrace whilst two others nestle at her feet giving the portrait a wonderfully evocative and romanticised rural feel. Lady Mary was born in 1753 thus making her thirteen years of age when this portrait was painted. She was the youngest daughter of John, the 8th Earl of Rothes. At the age of eighteen she married William Charles who, on the death of his father, became the Earl of Portmore, thereby uniting two illustrious aristocratic families.